Thiago Silva misses weight

Thiago Silva’s recent stretch of troubles seemed to reach

an end after he won a fight in June, his first victory in nearly

four years, but the UFC light-heavyweight finds himself in another

self-made difficulty after missing weight for his

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Hamill.

Stepping on to the scale in Barueri, Brazil, Silva initially

weighed in at 208 pounds, two pounds over the divisional limit.

Despite having one hour to try to shed the excess weight, he

couldn’t drop to the contracted number. As a result, he has

forfeited 25 percent of his purse, which will be awarded to Hamill

for accepting the bout.

A talented but mercurial striker, the 30-year-old Silva has only

won once since the start of 2010, with two losses, two failed drug

tests — including one that involved a fake urine sample

— and now, missing weight on the scale.

His most recent fight took place in June when he flatlined

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in a first-round, Knockout

of the Night performance.

Silva (15-3, 2 no contests) is considered a 3-to-1 favorite over

Hamill, who is only fighting for the second time since returning

from a short retirement. In his first match, he looked sluggish but

outlasted Roger Hollett to take a decision victory.